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Late one moonlit night, Walter Hartright encounters a solitary and terrified woman dressed all in white. He saves her from capture by her pursuers and determines to solve the mystery of her distress and terror.

Inspired by an actual criminal case, this gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness and mistaken identity has never been out of print since its publication and brought Collins great fame and success. Considered to be among the first mystery novels and the first and finest in the genre of 'sensation novels', The Woman in White is noted for its suspenseful plot and unique characterisation.

Collins's use of multiple narrators drew on his legal training and he states 'the story of an offence against the laws is told in Court by more than one witness'.

In 2003, Robert McCrum writing for The Observer ranked The Woman in White number 23 in the top 100 greatest novels of all time. The novel was also listed at number 77 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.

Charles Dickens was a close friend and mentor of Collins, and the two collaborated together on drama and fiction. The Woman in White, as well as some of his other work, was first published in Dickens' journals.

Narrator Biography

Sir Ian Holm, is a star of the Royal Shakespeare Company, who has played more than 100 roles in films and on television, whilst receiving a stream of awards and nominations. His television debut came as Richard III on the BBC's filmed theatrical production The Wars of the Roses (1965). One of his best-known roles is Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire (1981). He has also starred in The Fifth Element (1997), From Hell (2001), The Aviator (2004) and as Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. He has provided voice-overs for many television documentaries including 1066: The Battle for Middle Earth (2009), starred in the BBC's The Lord of the Rings radio dramatisations and narrated many audiobooks. In 1989 he was appointed CBE and in 1998 was knighted for his services to drama.

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  • Pamela Roberts
  • 04-03-16

Course work

Well read, a really good performance. I studied it for a course I am doing with the OU, I prefer The Moonstone but it's still a good story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-05-16

Best Speaker EVER

The story was great, the value for money was fantastic, 24 hours of real entertainment but the speaker Ian Holm was absolutely wonderful, giving tone and difference and insight and interest to every characterisation of person and every description of narrative really quite excellent 6 stars out of 5 hope he's done other things

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  • Roger
  • 01-15-16

wonderful book perfect narration

This is a gripping story beautifully written with Ian Holm's reading probably the best I've heard.

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  • Sarah
  • 10-18-15

Wonderful.

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I first heard of this book when I was reading about the author, Robert Goddard, who was so inspired to write after reading this book. Curious, I went in search of it. Oh, my goodness, what a wonderful book! I totally lost myself in its Victorian, atmospheric beauty. It is written in the first person, which (to my mind) adds to its feel and is about a tutor of drawing, Walter Hartright, who happens to meet a solitary woman whilst walking to his home late at night. He saves her from capture and from there comes a most beautifully written tale of murder, intrigue, mystery, mistaken identity and madness. I am fairly new to audio books, but I really enjoyed Ian Holm's reading of this book. Books such as this spoil me for others. How to follow such a superb book..?

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  • Cathubodua
  • 08-08-15

The first sensation novel

If you could sum up The Woman in White in three words, what would they be?

Suspense, intrigue, confusion.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woman in White?

The most memorable moment of The Woman in White has to be the first meeting with that lady, on the road to London in the moonlight.

What does Ian Holm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ian Holm reads it sensitively and with feeling, as if living the story with you for the first time.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely.

Any additional comments?

Anyone who enjoyed The Woman in White should check out Lady Audley's Secret, by Mary Braddon. Written shortly after The Woman in White in 1861, it's a feminist answer to the character of Laura Fairlie (a stock character in many novels of the era), and although it plays on many of the same themes, it turns them all on their heads.

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  • Robert
  • 07-18-15

Very refreshing

Love the way things were expressed in the 19th century, the story was cleaver great plot that ties together beautiful . A great classic

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  • GR
  • 06-27-15

Well worth the read

Well read made easy listening. Thought it miht be dated but no,, it was better than watching period dramas on tht TV.

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  • Arka
  • 06-07-15

Absolute Classic!

Best audiobook I've heard yet. It's 24 hours long which put me off at first, but from the first chapter I was hooked and ended up finishing the book sooner than any other audiobook I've purchased! The narrator brings out all the characters so well. The plot is so unpredictable. And I can't believe this novel is so old, but is still so addictive to read/listen to in today's times. Don't think twice about it, just get it!!!

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  • AUDDAUK
  • 05-27-15

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  • Karen Williams
  • 05-02-15

First-class mystery and detective story

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As a huge fan of Dickens, I wanted to listen to a Wilkie Collins novel as the two men were very good friends. As part of the younger generation, Collins writes a completely different and much more modern story, immaculately plotted, with all the suspense and drama he could squeeze in (mad houses, usurped identities, unscrupulous husbands, secret societies, etc). Lots of twists and turns in which Collins catches the reader out, too. Collins uses the interesting device of different voices, all brilliant read by Ian Holm. Great entertainment and (spoiler) a happy ending!